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I am doing an install script that has allot of reboots involved. It is designed for a specific PC build so the hardware and O/S load are always known at the start.

The script is working fine generally but the harware target has a bit of a problem. Occasionally after a reboot the target pcs will come up running extremely slow. This can cause the normal 1/2 hour install scripts to take up to 4 hours.

Anyone have any ideas on ways I might programmatically see if the PC is stuck in this slow mode. I plan to let it keep rebooting itself until the issue resolves. I just need a way to determine the mode and I haven't been able to come up with anything that works.

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could that been related with some Ethernet communication card leading to TCP timeout?

Did you look at some strnage event in the windows log event files?

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I am doing an install script that has allot of reboots involved. It is designed for a specific PC build so the hardware and O/S load are always known at the start.

The script is working fine generally but the harware target has a bit of a problem. Occasionally after a reboot the target pcs will come up running extremely slow. This can cause the normal 1/2 hour install scripts to take up to 4 hours.

Anyone have any ideas on ways I might programmatically see if the PC is stuck in this slow mode. I plan to let it keep rebooting itself until the issue resolves. I just need a way to determine the mode and I haven't been able to come up with anything that works.

You're going to have to find out why it's slow first. Any chance you triggered a full virus scan with high priority, or something like that? What do you see Task manager and the event logs when it's running slow, etc.?

:)


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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Ok I figured it out.

I start outlook express and then wait for the first window. If I don't see it in 2 seconds I am in slowmo mode!

:)

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It is odd as the machine is not connected to the internet at the time these installs are done. It only some time occurs. The event log has some information popups that are not real helpful.

In anycase at this point a reboot and retry seems to be sufficient.

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Ok I figured it out.

I start outlook express and then wait for the first window. If I don't see it in 2 seconds I am in slowmo mode!

:D

Well, OK... :(

But WHY are you in "slowmo mode"? Wouldn't it be better to figure that out and fix/avoid it in the first place? :)


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